Community Arts Access Grants Now Available for Artists and Arts Organizations

freeport art museumFreeport, Illinois – The Freeport Art Museum is honored to have been awarded $4365 through the Illinois Arts Council’s Community Arts Access regranting program. After the Museums adds a cash match to the award, the total amount available for grants will equal $5085. These funds are designated to support artists and not-for-profit arts organizations in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and Lee counties. All eligible grant proposals are reviewed by a peer panel comprised of representatives from each of the five counties.

Community Arts Access grants are available for visual, musical, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary arts projects that provide community-based programming. Projects that employ artists from the northwest Illinois area are given priority. Individuals and organizations can apply for up to $1,500. Projects or programs must make an effort to serve diverse and underserved audiences. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from a variety of sources. Eligible projects are those taking place between February 1 and December 31, 2016.

For assistance with completing a grant application, please contact the Freeport Art Museum and ask for Director Jessica J. Modica. Assistance is available to all who need it. Grant applications and guidelines are available for download from the Freeport Art Museum website at or can be requested by calling the museum at 815-235-9755. Completed proposals are due no later than 5 PM on March 11, 2016.

Previous recipients include the Galena Arts Center for a Youth Arts Fesitval; Palisades Art League for their Art Show and Sale; Galena-JoDaviess Historical Society for Artist Illustrations; Winneshiek Players for their Children’s Summer Theater and Timberlake Playhouse for a Summer Apprentice program.

About the Freeport Art Museum
Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00- 5:00. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.

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